Killeagh GAA Club

05 January, 2021

CHAIRMAN’S NEW YEAR MESSAGE

Happy New Year to all our members, players, families, supporters and all connected to our club wherever you are. With the increased Level 5 restrictions now in place and a deteriorating public health situation, we must all follow Government and GAA guidelines to keep everyone safe over the next few weeks. This unfortunately means that:

  1. Our gym, ball alley and buildings must remain closed and we ask that nobody enters the building.
  2. No outdoor gatherings can take place at the pitch / grounds.
  3. No collective training can be organised.

However, the grounds will remain open by day solely for people to use the walkway for exercise. If you are using the walkway, please walk anti-clockwise (keep pitch on your left), observe social distancing and use the hand sanitizer available. Please do not enter the grounds if you have Covid-19, are displaying any symptoms, or are a close contact of someone who currently has the virus.

As we have advised from last March, if you require any kind of support - with shopping, specific requests, or just someone to talk to, please contact any club officer or committee member or email chairperson.killeagh.cork@gaa.ie

Please try to stay positive, support each other, and we will get through this and enjoy better days ahead.

Thank you

Colman Motherway, Chairperson,

COVID-19

This past fortnight has seen a high rise in the number of cases which is now a precarious situation to be in. Yes, there is a shining light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccinations coming over the coming days but we all still have an individual responsibility to avoid in picking up and spreading Covid-19.

We ask all members to be cautious at all times going forward and remember to keep your Social Distance, wear a face covering where possible, wash your hands regularly & reduce your social contacts where possible.

Remember, if you have any of the following symptoms; Fever, A Cough, Shortness of Breath or Breathing Difficulties, please contact your GP for advice & do not attend Páirc Uí Chinnéide until cleared by Public Health.

Also, it is important to check in with elderly family members & neighbours to make sure that they are all ok, fit and healthy. If anyone has a problem or needs to talk to somebody, please contact a member of the Killeagh GAA Officers in the knowledge of confidentiality will be kept.

We all have a personal responsibility in an effort to reduce Covid-19 so play your part in the local community and you should protect yourself and everyone around you.

PITCH UPDATE

Please note both the Main Pitch & the Clashdermot (Lights) Pitch will now remain closed for Pitch Maintenance until February at earliest. The Glenbower pitch will remain open for training or pucking/kicking around for the next few months. We ask all teams, mentors & club members to respect this decision as we prepare our pitches for the 2021 season. If you wish to book the pitch for training for the months of December & January, please contact the PRO via email regarding such.

REBELS’ BOUNTY TICKET COULD BE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT

One lucky winner will win the top prize of €100,000

Tickets are now on sale for Rebels’ Bounty, a new fundraising initiative by Cork GAA designed to support Cork players, clubs and county. The initiative offers a spectacular total prize fund of €500,000, with one lucky club member set to win €100,000.

Rebels’ Bounty is an initiative of Cork GAA to give clubs a significant opportunity to raise funds at a time when traditionally fundraising has been impacted by restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Tickets for the draw cost €100 each, and tickets will be sold directly by any executive member of Killeagh GAA or on line at gaacork.ie/rebelsbounty. In every draw, there are 30 cash prizes, ranging from €100 to €20,000. In April and December, the top prize will increase to €25,000. In December, the bumper prize of €100,000 will be given away. The first draw will take place on Wednesday, February 24th where prizes will be draw for January and February 2021.

All the funds raised by the Rebels’ Bounty will be directly and indirectly invested in Cork GAA clubs. The draw is designed to ensure that most of the funds are kept locally to help improve facilities and equipment, while the remainder will be used by Cork GAA to invest in programmes such as Rebel Óg and supports for inter-county players.

Tracey Kennedy, former chairperson of Cork GAA, said “The Rebels’ Bounty is a unique opportunity for clubs to raise funds locally, and keep those funds locally. This has been a difficult year for all our clubs, and we hope that members across Cork will stake their claim in the Rebels’ Bounty to support players from under 5s to inter-county. We hope that the new prize structure will provide an even better incentive for members to buy and for clubs to sell tickets. This prize fund will be distributed across the entire county. We would like to wish everyone the best of luck, and thank them for their efforts in supporting the future of our clubs and our county.”

Speaking at the launch of Rebels’ Bounty Kevin O’Donovan, CEO/Secretary Cork GAA commented “Following from the launch of One Cork we are now delighted to official announce details of Rebels’ Bounty, marking the beginning of a new fundraising era for Cork Clubs. We have increased the prize fund to ensure maximum return for our members, with 30 prizes monthly. We listened to our members and all 30 prizes are now in cash. 2020 has been a unique and difficult year for our clubs and I’m delighted to launch this appeal allowing clubs to raise vital funds at a time when it is extremely hard to do so.”

Tickets for the Rebels’ Bounty are being distributed via any member of the executive committee, club officer or club co-ordinator for the draw, Dave Barry on 087-8123352. The maximum number of entries per person is 5, with a maximum of 2 names per ticket. Entries for the first two draws will close on February 22nd 2021. For information, please visit gaacork.ie/rebelsbounty.

‘IRELAND LIGHTS UP’, the popular walking initiative, is returning in January 2021 in partnership with the GAA, Operation Transformation, and Get Ireland Walking.

For a fourth year, Killeagh GAA in association with the Killeagh Healthy Clubs project will turn on their floodlights to provide for community members a safe walking environment during the dark winter evenings. As ever, Operation Transformation (which returns to our screens each Wednesday from January 6th to February 24th) will shine a light on Ireland Lights Up by showcasing participation clubs each week of the hit RTÉ show.

Ireland Lights Up will take on an additional significance in 2021 as people have increasingly turned to walking to support their health and wellbeing since the onset of the pandemic. While we can’t predict the level of Covid-19 restrictions we will face in the new year, the organisers of Ireland Lights Up and our clubs involved will take every due diligence to ensure those who want to enjoy a walk at their local GAA grounds can do so safely and within recommended public health guidelines. Measures include:

  • Registration process with Get Ireland Walking to track all club and participant involvement
  • A new club ‘MyLife Steps Challenge’ with Irish Life, CSR partners of the GAA Healthy Club Project, to ensure ‘Every Step Counts’
  • Once-off grant for clubs to support the cost of delivering Ireland Lights Up (provided by Healthy Ireland through Sport Ireland, T&Cs apply)

Uachtarán CLG, John Horan, said: “GAA volunteers have gone above and beyond when supporting their communities during this pandemic and I have no doubt our clubs will once again support this great walking initiative come the new year.

“Club walking tracks remained open during the second lockdown period and thousands of community members have benefitted from accessing them. Ireland Lights Up isn’t about maximising numbers this time around, it’s about providing community members, particularly those most vulnerable to Covid-19, with a safe place to enjoy some outdoor exercise while adhering to the public health guidelines.”

Speaking about the initiative Frank Feighan T.D. Minister of State for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “This is a wonderful initiative that helps everyone up and down the country to get out safely, be active and to reach their recommended 30 mins of physical activity each day during the dark winter months. At Healthy Ireland we are encouraging everyone to make a plan for themselves to keep well this winter and one of the easiest ways to do that is by getting out and getting active in the fresh air as often as you can. I congratulate the GAA and Get Ireland walking for their work on making this initiative possible this winter within the Covid guidance.”

Clubs that complete the registration process for Ireland Lights Up and adhere to the necessary criteria will be covered by Get Ireland Walking's insurance for all walk leaders and participants. However, irrespective of GAA membership status, leaders and participants are not covered by the GAA Injury Benefit Fund for this initiative. All clubs that register will be issued details of how to apply for the once-off Healthy Ireland / Sport Ireland grant (max €1,000 per club) to support the costs of delivering the initiative.

In addition to Ireland Lights Up, the GAA’s Community & Health department will deliver with Irish Life a club ‘Steps Challenge’ hosted on the Irish Life MyLife App. During the initial lockdown in June, 12,000 walkers representing almost 450 clubs recorded 2.2 billion steps over the four weeks on the MyLife App. Regardless of participation in Ireland Lights Up, all GAA clubs can get involved in the Steps Challenge and a separate communication will be issued this week to clubs outlining how to get involved. Some great prizes will apply.

Stay tuned to our Social Media channels over the Christmas period to find out our starting date in early January!

COVID-19 UPDATE from Croke Park (updated January 1st 2021)

Advice to Clubs and Counties – for activities post Dec 31st

CLUB SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

1. Club Games and Training

In level 5 and under the current restrictions in the North, individual training only is permitted – neither adult nor underage teams may train collectively.

GAA club grounds must stay closed.

Club games are not permitted

2. Use of Indoor Team Facilities

Dressing rooms, showers and all other indoor training facilities should remain closed for club activities.

Club Gyms must remain closed until further notice.

3. Committee Meetings

No indoor meetings can be held.

4. Officer Training

All officer Training must be delivered online. Outdoor coaching education courses are not permitted.

5. Club Bars

Club Bars must remain closed until the current restrictions are lifter.

6. Indoor Events on GAA Property

No organised indoor gatherings can take place under the current restrictions.

Commercial use of indoor halls (for example by state bodies – e.g. HSE/Schools is permitted where agreement was in place prior to March and relevant insurance are in place. These are the only instances in which indoor activity is permitted on GAA Club property.

7. Outdoor Events on GAA Property

No outdoor gatherings on GAA property are permitted.

Exception: Walkways may stay open for use by the community with social distancing in place.

INTER COUNTY SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

8. Training and Games at Senior, Minor and U20

The GAA’s intention remains that collective outdoor training for Senior inter county panels only may re-commence from January 15th. However, given the current growth rates in virus transmission, this date is under review. If there is any change to this as a return to collective training date, Counties will be informed as soon as possible.

For the moment, Senior inter-county players may train on an individual basis only in Club or County owned gyms.

No training is currently permitted for any other panels (e.g. Minor/U20)

Further information on the completion of the 2020 Minor and U20 competitions will issue in January.

ADVICE FOR 2ND LEVEL SCHOOLS AND 3RD LEVEL INSTITUTIONS

9. Games and Training

Neither competitive nor challenge games are permitted in 2nd Level schools.

Training is permitted during school hours and as part of school approved P.E programmes only.

Neither games nor training are permitted to take place at 3rd level

Appendix - Advice for Use of GAA Club Gyms

The following advice – taken from the Ireland Active Framework for Safe Operation should be followed when opening Gym facilities:

• Social distancing of 2m should always be maintained

• Participants should not congregate before or after activities, and facilities should design internal flows to reflect this.

• Facilities should plan for a maximum of 1 person/4 square metres* (2mx2m) and in accordance with government advice on maximum capacities for indoor activities.

• Ensure adequate ventilation, avoiding recycling of air to avoid possibility of infection, in accordance with HSE/HSA guidance

• Carry out frequent cleaning of surfaces and wipe downs of contact surfaces with single use disinfectant wipes or strong disinfectants and microfibre cloths.

• Users should not share towels, water bottles etc.

• All of the standard infection control guidance from the HSE should be heeded.

• There should be no hands-on adjustments or physical contact during training.

• Spacing of exercise machines/equipment should be undertaken to ensure 2m distance between equipment. An alternative may be to use every second piece of equipment or the closing of certain stationary equipment to ensure 2m distancing.

• Equipment which is 2m apart should not be placed where exercisers are facing each other.

• Spin bikes should be staggered and spaced 2m apart to avoid spray back.

• Loose equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells, free weights etc. should be used by one exerciser and cleaned in between each use by users/staff.

• Booking of time slots should be employed in order to enable safe management and recording of users in the facility.

• Where spotting of weights is being undertaken, face coverings should be worn

All areas, within the gym, where social distancing is particularly challenging should be kept closed - Players should not enter the gym facility prior to their assigned reservation

Adequate signage and reminders should be provided at entrances and in strategic places within the gym providing instruction on social distancing, hand hygiene, use of cloth face coverings or masks, and cough and sneeze etiquette.

Go Raibh Milé Maith Agaibh

COACHING AND SAFEGUARDING COURSES

Ahead of the 2021 season, a call for all our mentors and coaches to fulfil their duties of completing their respective Coaching & Safeguarding courses with a matter of urgency. As outlined prior to the Pandemic, all persons involved in helping out the team management or players that are in the Under 18 or younger categories will need to be E-Vetted.

We will be contacting the respective coaches/mentors who need to attend training in time, but for the moment we ask that ALL COACHES should start or complete the mandatory online E-Vetting process. You can do this by logging onto gaa.ie, search for the E-Vetting section and complete the necessary steps as outlined. We need these completed before we return to the green fields of Páirc Uí Chinnéide. Anyone that has an issue with it or has a query on the above subject, please contact the GAA Children’s Officer Grainne Fitzgerald on 087-6290214 or email childrensofficer.killeagh.cork@gaa.ie

LOTTO UPDATE:

WHO WANTS TO TAKEAWAY THE 3K GIVEAWAY!!

The latest club draw of €3,000 took place on last Tuesday December 29th. The numbers drawn on the night were 9, 22, 26 & 31. We had no winner of this week’s draw. The €30 Lucky Dip winners drawn were Pat Kirby and Dan & Shauna Landers while the €30 voucher for Ahern’s Centra, Killeagh was won by Brendan Keniry & the €30 voucher for Fitzgibbon’s Garage was won by Cathal Deane. Our first Jackpot of the New Y ear will be worth €3,200.

Our Lotto Tickets are available locally in the O’Neill’s Londis, Ahern’s Centra, Fitzgibbon’s Garage, Vibez Salon & Tom Kelly’s Butchers, Killeagh. Please Support Local Businesses!

But, if you cannot get to the local businesses during the week and you wish to enter the draw online, you can buy tickets up to 8:15pm on Tuesday evening at https://bit.ly/Killeagh! Remember, no queues, no delays, the Killeagh GAA Online Lotto is always a great and easy way to Play!!

If there are any queries regarding the Lotto, please contact your regular Lotto seller or any committee member. Thanks again for your support as we meet our financial commitments on a monthly basis.

Remember, Money Spent Local Stays Local!

YEARLY LOTTO TICKETS ON SALE

Our weekly Lotto Draw will continue as usual in 2021 on each Tuesday evening. We have a large number of Lotto supporters who avail of a yearly ticket which gives weekly entry into the Draw. For the month of January, instead of the usual price of €90, we are offering this Yearly Ticket at a reduced price of €80 (51 draws for the price of 40). If you would like to avail of this offer, please drop an envelope with your name, phone number and your 4 chosen numbers between 1 and 36 and payment into the Lotto box in either Aherns Centra or O'Neill’s Londis or to Fitzgibbons Garage (by Tuesday evening at 6pm if you wish to be included in this week's draw). A receipt will be issued to you in due course. We thank you in advance once again for your support

KILLEAGH GAA GOLF SOCIETY:

Our Traditional final event of the year is the Christmas Scramble which was due to take place at West Waterford Golf Club last week but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the re-entering of Level 5 Restrictions from St. Stephen’s Day.

Hopefully, we will be able to give out a schedule of events for 2021 over the coming weeks but there will be some events that will need some changing.

One thing is for certain, our Annual three-day Killeagh GAA Golf Classic is scheduled from Thursday July 8th to Saturday July 10th at West Waterford Golf Club. If you are interested in playing, advice is to contact Ray Rochford ASAP to get your optimum timeslot.

If you are interested in joining the Killeagh GAA Golf Society for their variety of trips away & outings for 2021, give Ray Rochford a call on 087-2330054.

ALSO...

Remember, stay tuned to our social media channels on Facebook ‘Killeagh GAA’ or Twitter @KilleaghGAA for further up to date information on club.

For live scoring, download the Whats The Scór app and search & ‘like’ the Killeagh GAA page.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

1. Killeagh GAA – Cash Tickets & Online Lotto every Tuesday @ 8:30pm

2. 2021 Killeagh GAA Annual Golf Classic @ West Waterford GC – July 8th, 9th & 10th